Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is slated to reopen after having begun its runway rehabilitation program.
The airport announced in a press release that it would close its secondary arrival runway, 13R/31L, on its western side on February 21.
The airport estimated that the runway was expected to remain closed until March 6 as work begins on its Airfield Pavement Rehabilitation program.
Efforts to facilitate the $13 million program are expected to immediately impact cities that are nearby the airport, such as Trophy Club, Southlake, Grapevine, Coppell, Irving, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Euless, Grand Prairie, Arlington, and Westlake.
Officials say that these communities can expect to experience “a minor increase in noise” due to operations being shifted to other runways, according to the press release. These shifts are determined in part by the direction of winds.
“When winds are northerly, aircraft take off to the north (or northwest in the case of Runway 31L) and land from south to north,” said officials in the release.
Officials say that outboard runway operation may be extended to 11 p.m.
Members of some of these communities have welcomed the slight increase in noise, while others have met it with disdain.
Hunter Burcham, a resident of Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch, a community near the airport, told The Dallas Express that he welcomes the new change in traffic.
“I love the planes and the air traffic,” said Burcham. “If I disliked the noise, I would not be living near the airport,” he continued.
Concerned citizens may contact the airport directly for further information or file a noise complaint by emailing [email protected] To phone, call the Noise Complaint Hotline at 972-973-3192.